Gray/Old Clinton, GA

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Visit another era, or play in this one! From adventure, to heritage, to recreation, all sprinkled with a little bit of soul, you’ll enjoy nearly endless pursuits to fill a day—or week—in Old Clinton and Gray, Georgia, and the rest of Jones County. Offering over 200 years of history, you will find pre-historic and historic sites of the Creek Indians who lived in the area in the 17th and 18th centuries; 19th century history, locations, and events that depict the time before and during the War Between the States; and a late 19th early 20th century mill village located just across the Ocmulgee River from the site in which the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes was filmed.  The Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to several endangered species, offers fishing, hunting, camping, and excellent bird watching opportunities for the nature enthusiast.

Old ClintonPlan your visit for the first weekend in May to attend Old Clinton War Days, a heritage festival which includes the reenactment of two significant events that occurred during Sherman’s March to the Sea through Georgia. Self-guided tours of the historic district or guided (by reservation) through it and its earliest surviving house and small one room school museum provide glimpses into the past of an 1800’s county seat. And, this is just the beginning of the adventures you will find in Jones County. South of Clinton, located on the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trail, which follows the path of Sherman’s Right Wing through Georgia, is the Griswoldville State Historic Site, once home to a Confederate pistol factory. The area is dotted with historical markers describing the town and the Battle of Griswoldville. Today, only farms and a few residents mark the area, once home to 500 people, but a portion of the battlefield has been preserved and is well marked. Each November a living history program is held on the actual battleground, reminding us of what transpired there. Then, northwest from Clinton, near Juliette and the Ocmulgee – Piedmont Scenic Byway, one can imagine life on an 1850s cotton plantation as you walk the grounds of the Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site.  Only a half mile from the Jarrell Plantation, set off for a hike through the woods along the Hitchiti Nature Trail, a four-mile loop that follows Little Falling Creek to the Ocmulgee River, or visit the nearby Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge located along the.

Contact Information:
Jones County-Gray Chamber of Commerce
161 West Clinton Street
Gray, GA  31032
478-986-1123
www.jonescounty.org

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